What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

Gadoxetate Overview

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(gad OX e tate)

U.S. Brand Names


Pharmacologic Category

Gadolinium-Containing Contrast Agent; Radiological/Contrast Media, Ionic (Low Osmolality); Radiological/Contrast Media, Paramagnetic Agent

What key warnings should I know about before taking this medicine?

• If you have kidney disease, this medicine may cause a serious condition called Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis/Nephrogenic Fibrosing Dermopathy (NSF/NFD). Call healthcare provide right away if you have joint stiffness, muscle weakness, severe bone pain in the hips or ribs, yellow eyes, or severe skin irritation.

Reasons not to take this medicine

• If you have an allergy to gadoxetate, gadolinium, or any other part of this medicine.

• Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.

How does it work?

• Gadoxetate helps parts of the body to be seen more clearly.

How is it best taken?

• This medicine is given as a shot into a vein.

What should I monitor?

• You will be monitored closely by healthcare provider.

How should I store this medicine?

• This medicine will be given to you in a healthcare setting. You will not store it at home.

General statements

• If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.

• Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.

• Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.

• Most medicines can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.

• Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).

• Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.

• Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.

Created: 2009-02-05 11:34:13.0

Modified: 2010-03-09 08:30:03.0

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